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Donovan Powell
Donovan Powell scored four goals for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Tusculum

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team extended its win streak to five games with a 19-3 victory over Tusculum.

Out of the 19 goals scored by the Bears, 13 of them were scored by a unique player. Donovan Powell and Nate Serrano, who each recorded three goals, led the team in scoring.

After Tusculum tied up the contest at one apiece in the first quarter, the Bears went on streak of scoring 16 unanswered goals. LR did not allow the Pioneers to score another goal until nine minutes left in the contest.

One of the goals scored by the Bears was Joshua Sweetenburg, who recorded his first career goal with 2:27 remaining in the contest. He was one of the nine LR players to total just one goal on the afternoon.

With the victory, the Bears keep close to the top spot of the SAC standings with a 6-1 conference record. LR only has two more regular season contests with one at home and one on the road.

LR held Tusculum scoreless in both the second and third quarters. Throughout that 30-minute stretch, the Bears outscored Tusculum, 9-0. The Bears had another incredible day in the face-off circle. In the 26 face-offs conducted, LR won 21 of them. LR won the ground-ball battle, 49-21. Additionally, LR had at least 10 ground balls in each period of the contest. Even though Rob Pensabene got the start and the win, the Bears used five goalkeepers in the match. Cullin Walsh led the Bears with three saves.

While Powell had a tie for a team-high three goals, the sophomore notched a team-high six points with his three assists as well. The Bears strongest quarter came in the opening 15 minutes. In the first frame, LR had seven goals on its 12 shots on goal and 17 total attempts. Defensively, the Bears controlled the third quarter by not allowing a single shot on goal. Tusculum only had two shots in the frame. Joey Masson and Patrick Shoemaker each caused two turnovers. That was good enough for the pair to have a share for the team high. John Paulus led the Bears with seven ground balls. The senior also went 8-for-9 on face-offs. One category that the Pioneers and Bears were relatively close at were total turnovers. Tusculum turned it over 29 times while LR turned it over 20.

With the win, LR continues to lead the all-time series, 12-0. In Greenville, Tenn., the Bears are 5-0 against the Pioneers. With the 16-point margin of the victory, this marks the six-straight contest that the Bears defeated the Pioneers by 10 or more goals. The Bears now have a 5-1 record away from Moretz Stadium. The lone loss for LR was a 10-9 defeat to Limestone on March 9. With the victory, LR remains in a tie for second in the SAC standings with Wingate at a 6-1 record.

The Bears are 11-1 overall, 6-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return to Moretz Stadium for its final home regular season game. The Bears and the Coker Cobras are scheduled to square off on Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m.